Trial of man on Donegal sexual offence charges to go ahead next month

court-hammerA man charged with 50 counts of sexual offences against two young girls will stand trial next month at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The 51-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was sent forward from the District Court last year in relation to the offences which are alleged to have happened on dates between 2007 and 2011 at locations in Dublin and Donegal.

The charges sent forward include 40 counts of child exploitation by inviting, inducing or coercing the alleged victim to engage in or participate in a sexual, indecent or obscene act. This includes engaging in the production of child pornography.

There are three counts of alleged sexual assault and seven of defilement of a child under the age of 17.

Sarah Jane O'Callaghan BL, defending, previously told the court that the trial was likely to take two weeks.

At the pre-trial hearing today she told Judge Martin Nolan that the case would be "ready to go" on the scheduled trial date .

Judge Nolan remanded the man on continuing bail for his trial which is due to commence on July 13th.